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  • Snowden, reconsidered Oct 23, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: What are we to make of Edward Snowden? I know what I once made of him. He was no real whistle-blower, I wrote, but “ridiculously cinematic” and “narcissistic” as well. As time has proved, my judgments were just plain wrong.

  • The crisis of indifference Oct 16, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: The migrants came from Eritrea, which is on the Horn of Africa and where the per capita income is about $800 a year. They sold everything they had, even land, and then were trucked across the Sahara Desert with very little to eat or drink and taken to the Libyan port of Misrata. There, about 500 people were crammed onto a boat which sailed for 13 days until the engines quit and the ship went dead in the water off the Italian island of Lampedusa. It was night, so the captain signaled the shore by setting fire to a blanket and it somehow ignited a drum of benzene.

  • Charging to the cliff Oct 9, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: My drill sergeant, a volatile martinet, once burst into our barracks at something like 4 a.m. to announce that in all his days in the Army, he had never seen things so bad. He had served in Korea, so I figured he knew something about bad. That morning, though, “bad” came down to the sloppy state of the latrine. Sheer terror stifled my laugh, but the man lives on whenever someone makes a mountain out of a molehill. That man is now Newt Gingrich.

  • For Cruz, medium is the message Oct 2, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: Of all the great television shows of last Sunday -- “Breaking Bad,” “Homeland” and “Masters of Sex” -- the very best was the one mounted by Ted Cruz. It was nominally called “Meet the Press,” but the only press met was the clearly critical and somewhat overmatched David Gregory. The junior senator from Texas gave the day’s most dazzling performance. As a demagogue, he gets an Emmy.

  • The terror of our times Sep 25, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: As always, it was the middle of the night and I heard the window open and felt the breeze on my face. It was my grandfather, long dead but an occasional visitor from God-knows-where, who comes to see me whenever he and his friends are perplexed by the doings here on Earth. I wiped the sleep from my eyes and sat up in bed. “Grandpa, is that you?”

  • Bush in the mirror Sep 18, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: We’re all losers. Because of President Obama’s fecklessness — abetted by a Congress that has turned darkly isolationist — the world is now a less safe place. The policeman has proved to be a bumbler.

  • Where’s the moral outrage? Sep 11, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: Not mentioned in the protests against an attack on Syria is the first Gulf War, which promptly ended by diktat of George H.W. Bush, or more to the point Kosovo or Bosnia, two military actions that did what they set out to do. The killing stopped.

  • Case of teen culture run amok Sep 4, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: Myley Cyrus is a cheap act, no doubt about it, but for me her performance was an opportunity to discuss one of the summer’s most arresting pieces of journalism — a long New Yorker account of what became known as the Steubenville Rape. Cyrus should read it.

  • Coalition of NRA, ACLU assures more deaths Aug 21, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: Question: What do the National Rifle Association and the American Civil Liberties Union have in common? Answer: The determination to stop New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg from having his way with guns.

  • Hillary’s search for ‘an emphatic now’ Aug 14, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: Hillary Clinton has gone to Togo. Joe Biden is going to Iowa. Let us now explicate.

  • Only the cheated on can understand such betrayal Aug 7, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: Linda cheated on me. It happened the night before we were planning to go away for the weekend. What brings Linda to mind, as if you could not guess, is Huma Abedin, the much-criticized wife of the quite mad Anthony Weiner.

  • Blinded under a hoodie Jul 17, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: In the meantime, the least we can do is talk honestly about the problem. It does no one any good to merely cite the number of stops and frisks made on black males and not cite the murder statistics as well. Citing the former and not the latter is an Orwellian exercise in political correctness.

  • Maybe Egypt doesn’t really need a democracy Jul 10, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: For 34 years — and under three regimes now — Egypt has kept the peace with Israel, which is worth a yearly Nobel Peace Prize. For all but the last two years, this peace was maintained by authoritarian regimes. Democracy is nice, but it is not a panacea.

  • A poor choice for FBI director Jul 3, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: Why in this moment of warrantless everything, a government scooping up our emails and, it seems, nighttime dreams, would I not cheer the nomination of someone who insisted on constitutional and legal limits on such a program? Because this is also the era of leak investigations in which the phone calls of reporters have been creepily noted,

  • Master of the muddle on Middle East Jun 19, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: I have written so many columns about the Syrian civil war they are like rings on a tree stump — a way of gauging Barack Obama’s steadfast inaction and what the cost has been.

  • A dog-bites-man story Jun 12, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: Edward Snowden is ridiculously cinematic. He is not paranoiac; he is merely narcissistic. He jettisoned a girlfriend, a career and, undoubtedly, his personal freedom to expose programs that were known to our elected officials and could have been deduced by anyone who has ever Googled anything. History will not record him as “one of America’s most consequential whistle-blowers.” History is more likely to forget him.

  • Agonizing over a slippery slope Jun 5, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: We have squandered our leadership — actual and moral — and done nothing to save lives. We might have contained a war that is spreading daily. We could at least have tried. It’s been a shameful performance.

  • The richness of learning May 30, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: President Jones, members of the faculty, assorted notables, proud parents and financially indebted graduates. I come before you on this auspicious day to say something about the degree you have just been awarded. You have been told it is not worth the papyrus it is printed on. I am here to tell you it is worth a fortune.

  • How Mitzie got her gate May 20, 2013 1:24 PM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: It was only when they put the cuffs on her and led her out of the Cincinnati Federal Office Building that she finally realized how much trouble she was in. Her husband, in one of his rare sober moments, had urged her to get a lawyer, and her neighbor, the know-it-all with the snowblower, urged her to leave the country. But she had a touching faith in America and she felt that sooner or later everyone would understand how a big federal office works — or, actually, doesn't. Instead, there she was doing the perp walk, cameras clicking, reporters shouting questions: "Mitzie, Mitzie," they implored. This is how Mitziegate was born.

  • Symptoms of Benghazi Syndrome May 15, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: In the end, it all comes down to an irrational and absolutely rabid dislike of Obama that so clouds judgment that utterly preposterous statements are uttered, usually within the precincts of the Fox News studios. This, as you might have guessed, is classic Benghazi Syndrome. There is no known cure.

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